Don't Scratch "Winter's Tale," Especially if You're not Alllergic to Sentiment and Miracles

Updated 23 weeks ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Don't Scratch "Winter's Tale," Especially if You're not Alllergic to Sentiment and Miracles
(c) Warner Bros.
This never ending winter has dumped too much white stuff and ice on us.
The season's animated musical megahit, "Frozen" sends us over the hill and through the blizzard, where a Snow Queen rules. "Winter's Tale" plunges us into the perennial snow scaped streets of New York through  a hundred years. Like Disney's "Frozen," this tale will touch your heart through the same sentiment of Christopher Reeve's "Somewhere in Time."

Light, stars, destiny, hope  and a red-haired woman bind the time continuum accompanied by fragile, light-classical melodic strings. A tragic love story surrounds the big picture struggle between good and evil, not by armies but one soul at a time.

You'll have to grant the filmmakers an ample amount of disbelief suspension or anyone can carve deep landfills of plot holes. That's why I made the reference to the "Frozen" fairy tale, except  guardian angels, demons, a flying Pegasus, and more serendipity than most once upon a times substitute for dwarfs and snow characters.   To prevent  a major spoiler, I'll refrain from mentioning a critical watery loose end that troubles me.
Don't Scratch "Winter's Tale," Especially if You're not Alllergic to Sentiment and Miracles
(c) Warner Bros


Opening in 1916, a ruggedly handsome Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) flees the hate of the  nefarious  Pearly Soames and his gang of ruffians determined that he die a slow painful death. Saved from a beating by a white horse, Lake breaks into the Penn mansion by Central Park. Newspaper mogul Isaac Penn (William Hurt) has a lovely daughter named Beverly (Jessica Brown Findlay)  suffering from terminal consumption.

Instead of making off with the family jewels, Lakes pauses to converse with the lonely Beverly, which turns quickly into one of those fabled love at first sight meetings. Rejuvenated by the caring lad,  the young woman flourishes creating kinetic chemistry with her lover. Known for her role as "Lady Sybil" in "Downtown Abbey," the couple's delicate bonding ignites passion and pathos that may remind you of a non-sarcastic "Love Story" (Ryan O'Neil , Ali McGraw) pairing.

Their brief relationship cements the film's exploration of believing and hoping in a world saddled by inequity and hate.
Don't Scratch "Winter's Tale," Especially if You're not Alllergic to Sentiment and Miracles
(c) Warner Bros.


Will Smith  enters as Lucifer in a gothic, underground cavern just a stone throw from the river Styx. His exchanges with Crowe border on solemn to ridiculous. No matter, the strong cast strongly weld the twists and help patch danging "huh's?" which range from a misplace roll of microfilm to , well, how the ageless Farrell character maintains his youth.

Don't banish "Winter's Tale" from your list of big screen possibilities. Allow a helping of sentiment , symbolism, and  relevance to warm your heart before the next deep freeze set into the state.
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